Cyber Monday savings
Hotels and resorts are joining the Cyber Monday scene this week, with everyone from Loews Hotels & Resorts to The Peninsula Hotels offering 24-hour deals that can save guests 20 to 30 percent off stays. The Esperanza resort in Cabo San Lucas is offering 30 percent off stays April 15-Sept. 30, 2015. The “Disconnect in Cabo” Cyber Monday package starts at $1,650 for three nights and four days in a garden casita with complimentary daily breakfasts and yoga and fitness classes. 866-311-2226; www.esperanzaresort.com.
— Sandy Guerra-Cline
Q&A: How to book
a Disney cruise
We are thinking of going on a three-day spring break Disney cruise and tacking on a day at the park afterward. Is this something I can book myself online, or do I need a travel agent?
Cruise companies sometimes hand out perks to agencies that bring in a lot of business. There are Disney specialists, travel agents who are certified after completing a course on the parks and the cruise line. And then there are travel agencies, such as Small World Vacations, that concentrate only on Disney. I think it’s worth pricing it out online and then comparing that with the price/perks you can get via a travel agency. You can also try pricing it on a site such as CruiseCompete.com, where agents compete for your business.
— The Washington Post
Find cabin comforts
Looking for rustic lodgings in the Texas Hill Country for the holidays? Let the Hill Country Outdoor Guide do the hunting and gathering of possibilities for you. You’ll find a list of dude ranches, bed-and-breakfasts, inns, and cabins for both large and small groups, complete with handy maps; notes about nearby attractions, such as restaurants and wineries; and even weather conditions. Most of all, you get contact information — phone numbers, email addresses and websites — so you can make arrangements in a snap. Visit hillcountryoutdoorguide.com and click on “Cabins and Other Lodgings.”
— Sandy Guerra-Cline
Chinese visa rules eased
A recent rule change allowing Chinese visitors to return to the U.S. multiple times over a 10-year period is being hailed as a boon to American tourism, with the federal government predicting the economic impact could reach $85 billion by 2021. Business and short-term visas that expire after one year will now be valid for 10 years, while student and cultural exchange visas will last for five. Frequent American travelers to China will now be able to bypass the yearly effort to get visas, too.
— The Associated Press